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Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

1. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

2. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway.

Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

3. Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a guided tour of Vatican City’s main tourist attractions before the chaos of the crowds, with early access tickets to the Vatican Museums. Enter into the quiet of the Raphael Rooms and admire the beautiful frescoes, before seeing Michelangelo’s ceiling inside the Sistine Chapel. Meet your guide and enjoy skip-the-line access into the Vatican Museums. See the Cabinet of Masks and the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Museums. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, world-renowned for the frescoes painted by Raphael himself. Finish your journey by entering inside the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the ceiling created by Michelangelo. View the famous “The Creation of Adam” fresco.

Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

4. Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museums, and see Michelangelo’s fabulous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel on a private tour. After meeting your guide, make your way to the Vatican Museums entrance. Before you enter the galleries, view part of the lovely Vatican Gardens from the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante. The long Belvedere Court connects the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs. Enter the museums and wander through the Gallery of Maps to the Raffaello Rooms. The largest of the 4 rooms is the Hall of Constantine, the last stop on your museums tour. You will also see the Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Signatura, and Room of the Fire in the Borgo. Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The ceiling, and especially “The Last Judgment,” is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

5. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover the stunning Sistine Chapel and the iconic Vatican Museums on this guided small-group tour. Learn about the art you see from your local guide and beat the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket. Begin with a visit to the elegant Belvedere Courtyard, or Pinecone Courtyard, with a vast bronze bump fountain dating from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Marvel at "Laocoon and His Sons," one of the largest sculptures in the world. Continue to the Gallery of Geographic Maps, the world's largest geographical museum. Next, visit Raphael's stunning rooms, painted by himself and his students. Visit the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece. Look up to see the painted ceiling decorated with the creation of Adam and the Last Judgment. On the sides, marvel at the frescoes depicting the life of Moses and Christ. Throughout your tour, learn the fascinating story of the state of the Holy See, discover where the conclave is held to elect a new pope and find the meaning of the name of the head of the Vatican.

Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

6. Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Meet your tour guide in front of the main entrance of the Vatican Museums and set out on a special tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Gain priority access using your skip-the-line tickets. In this tour disco0ver one of the largest and most spectacular art collections in the world. stroll into the Belvedere courtyard to see the incredible ancient Roman and Greek statues. head into the Muse's rooms, circular room, and greek cross room to see Constatines's sarcophagus. continue the tour through the gallery of maps overlooking the Vatican Gardens. last but not least step into the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's breathtaking Last Judgement, and journey through the history and secrets of the catholic church.

Rome: 3 City Walking Tours

7. Rome: 3 City Walking Tours

As the former seat of the Roman Empire and centre of the ancient world, Rome is undoubtedly one of the most culturally rich cities on Earth. From art, philosophy, and religion to politics and mathematics, it was pivotal in the development of the modern world. On our Rome guided walking tours, we uncover its most compelling stories as you pass both world-famous landmarks and discreet Roman side streets. At every turn you take in the city, there is a story to share and our Local Experts will unfurl the origins of Catholicism in The Vatican and imagine gladiators battling with lions in the Colosseum. Come with us and you will be taken on a journey back in time to discover Rome at the height of the Roman Empire by wandering through its historical centre of Rione IX Pigna, Colonna, and Trevi. Featuring stops at the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and the Roman Forum, to name only a few, this guided Ancient Rome tour is all about seeing the city’s most celebrated landmarks. Passing Via degli Astalli, you then travel to the 16th-century to follow the lives of the Roman nobility. Then, as Via Nazionale is reached, your Local Expert will delve into the city’s tense political climate preceding the Unification of the Kingdom of Italy during the 19th century. Between these two streets and Via del Corso, we find ourselves in the presence of the most admired post-Renaissance architecture in Rome. After a fascinating journey into the history of Ancient Rome, you will hear the stories of the city’s greatest love affairs — art and religion — on our Vatican Secrets guided tour. On this tour, you will make your way from Rione VI Parione to Vatican City. You will indulge in Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and artworks by the likes of Caravaggio and Domenico Cresti. After crossing the illustrious River Tiber, we find ourselves in Vatican City, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. As we stop by Piazza San Pietro to admire Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Apostolic Palace, we give you a riveting insight into how and why Roman Catholicism became one of the world’s most influential religions. We end our Vatican Secrets tour with an amble down Via della Conciliazione to reach the iconic Castle of Sant’Angelo. However, our 3 day pass is all about seeing the more authentic side of Rome. There are still 4 self-guided tours you can follow throughout the city using the Voy City app and at your own pace. WIth our Sunsets in Rome self-guided tour you will discover the best sights as the sun sets over the eternal city, whilst strolling through emblematic locations like Spanish Square and Piazza Venezia. Meanwhile, our Dolce Vita self-guided tour will allow you to indulge at your own pace learning about the fascinating Villa Borghese and the iconic Porta del Popolo. So, after discovering Rome’s most fascinating landmarks with your guide, use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more intriguing walking routes in and around the city.

Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Guided Vatican Museums Tour

8. Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Guided Vatican Museums Tour

Visit the Eternal City by riding the open Hop on Hop off Gray Line bus and admire Rome from its exclusive top deck! Combine your ride with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! The Gray Line I Love Rome bus city tour will give you an overview of the most important monuments in Rome. Relax on board with audio commentary available in 13 languages. This pass includes a One Run ticket (i.e. a single ride), so you can ride the bus for all its 8 stops, getting on wherever you want and getting off at the end of your tour. Your ride will last about 1.5 hours so, find your spot, get comfortable and admire the best attractions in the city: Piazza delle Repubblica, Terme di Diocleziano, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Altare della Patria, Teatro Marcello, Castel Sant'Angelo and much more… This combo pass also includes a guided tour of one of the most iconic attractions in Rome: the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel! About 20,000 works of art await you within the walls of the Vatican Museums! No worries though, because every little detail has been planned meticulously to let you discover the museum’s most beautiful sections in total relaxation. Your expert guide will be welcoming you at the meeting point to start the visit with the group and enjoy this must-do tour of Rome thanks to the exclusive preferred entrance. The visit will include the Gallery of Tapestries, the superb Gallery of Maps, the Borgia Apartments to the wonderful Raphael’s Rooms. Finally, step into the Sistine Chapel to worship Michelangelo’s masterpiece and one of the museum's most famous cultural and artistic treasures. Come on, time to look up and lose yourself in the magic of the chapel. You just have to pack your bags and visit us! All current health regulations are applied and enforced by our staff and guide personnel so that you are always guaranteed the best standards.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Start your tour by skipping the (always long) ticket lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. This specially-designed route encompasses all the can’t-miss pieces while also including some of the lesser known works that will really dazzle you. Your expert, English-speaking guide will give you eye-opening insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ & the Laocoön group, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries. The piéce-de-resistance is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prep you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, you will then be able to appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting little details like Michelangelo’s self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he plotted for the Pope’s aide (he wasn’t his biggest fan…) The Vatican is more than just a museum. It's home to the Pope and Catholicism and is one of the world's smallest yet powerful states. On this intimate tour, your guide will ensure that you get an overview of it all – from papal scandal to Renaissance masters and the day-to-day operation of Vatican City.

Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

10. Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel After-Hours Tour

Wait until the doors close and have the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to yourself on a guided tour. Explore the many rooms of the museum and over 70,000 pieces of art, before viewing Michelangelo's masterpiece in the chapel. Finish at the Fontana della Pigna with a traditional aperitif. Make your way to the meeting point and find your guide just outside the tourist station shop. Be accompanied by your official Vatican guide past the queues and straight into the Vatican Museums. Stroll through the main galleries trying to take in the countless pieces of priceless art and enter the Raphael Rooms, famous for four rooms full of frescoes painted by the Renaissance artist. Be blown away as you walk into the renowned Sistine Chapel as the last of the ticket holders depart. Have the space all to yourself and see how the ambiance of quiet adds to the transcendent art, admiring the iconic "The Creation of Adam" fresco painted by Michelangelo. To finish your tour, make your way to the Fontana della Pigna and relax in the peaceful courtyard. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Italian aperitifs as the sun sets and reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Well worth getting up early for this trip. Our guide Flavia was very knowledgeable and gave us a sheet showing the Sistine Chapel frescos before we entered the Vatican Museums. She gave us an insight into what we were about to see. The museums were not crowded, the groups were staggered, so we could see all the exhibits. Flavia was lovely. Her commentary was excellent. The Sistine Chapel was beautiful Just a shame that owing to Covid the corridor into the Basilica was closed This visit was the highlight of our trip to Rome Do book it if you can Even the cafe near the meeting point served excellent coffee at 07.00

Very well organized tour. Claudia was an engaging, confident, and informative guide, keeping us moving through the increasingly busy museums.

Our guide has incredible knowledge of her subject but her English was quite accented so a little difficult to understand.

Welcome and wonderful visit. I highly recommend to everyone !!

Excellent experience, super prepared and very kind guide